By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Ekajata, EkajaTA, Ekajataa
Ekajaṭā literally means ‘The goddess with a single braid of hair’.
She is so called since her jaṭā or braided hair sticks upright on the head as a single unit (eka = single). She is the terrific aspect of the Devi that killed Śumbha and Niśumbha. She is probably the Hindu version of a Buddhist goddess of the Vajrayāna school. The works Mantramahodadhi and Sādhanamālā contain details of her mantra and procedure of worship.
- Kālikā purāna Ch. 60
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore